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Mandarin fish mating lembeh
Critters at Lembeh Resort


Watch the unique mating dance of these exquisite critters in Lembeh

Located less than 10 minutes from Lembeh Resort is our mandarin fish dive site. Mandarin fish’s exquisite colors and markings make them a rare treat for underwater photographers but that is not all they have to offer. As the sunsets, these colorful fish perform their unique mating display. Watch as the females “choose” their male counter parts by resting on his pelvic fin before the pair align themselves and rise up from the reef in an elaborate mating dance. Once they are around a meter from the reef top they release a cloud of sperm and eggs before parting ways.

It is possible to spot mandarin fish during day dives in the Lembeh Strait but as their unique mating behaviour occurs only around sunset these are extremely special dives.

Our mandarin fish mating dives depart every Tuesday at 4.45pm and we are back in time for dinner in the restaurant. Mandarin dives on other evenings may be possible but are subject to availability.

Mandarin fish mating dives are for a maximum of 6 divers and may be booked in advance – a US $19 surcharge applies per diver.

For more information or to make a reservation for a mandarin fish mating dive during your stay contact us.